David Bowie Turned Down The Trainspotting Soundtrack

David Bowie Trainspotting

Is there anything he didn’t say no to?

I love the fact that even after his death, David Bowie is still making headlines for being an absolute legend. There have been a few stories surrounding his exclusivity when it came to work, including the brutal shutdown of Coldplay and telling Dave Grohl to “fuck off”.

And now another rejection has come to light, although this decision might be a little bit more questionable — David Bowie turned down having his music used for the Trainspotting soundtrack.

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In an interview with Dazed, Tristram Penna, who helped put together the soundtrack, said:

Andrew and Danny were desperate for Bowie – if memory serves, [they wanted] ‘Golden Days’ for the toilet scene.

I saw a rough cut of the film at a screening room on D’Arblay Street in Soho. It was a mess. I don’t even know who the music supervisor was, but some of the suggestions were just awful and not at all right. I’d always been a huge clubber in London — indie clubs, gay clubs, whatever clubs as long as there was great music — and Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust for Life’ had always been a huge club hit since the BatCave days, so I knew it would get the adrenaline rushing if used in the opening.

I remember suggesting the song because (Danny and Andrew) were continually upset that Bowie had turned them down. So they cut it in with ‘Lust for Life’ and it was transformational.

Seems like the rejection was a blessing in disguise because ‘Lust for Life’ has become synonymous with that film. I wonder if Bowie regretted turning it down after he saw what a success Trainspotting turned out to be?

Ha yeah right. He was too busy being a G to worry about stuff like that. Bowie was so damn exclusive — you know for sure that if he were alive today he would laugh in the face of Kanye West for suggesting a tribute album. You’re not quite the same calibre Kanye.


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